“I told Jem if he set fire to the Radley house I was going to tell Atticus on him. (17) This is a very childish thing for Scout to say. She is basically saying that she is going to tattle on Jem. Older kids don’t usually do these kinds of thing because they are more careless. So this is a crucial maturity indicator in this case.
Scout Faces Her Fears
“‘You mean we can’t play anymore?’ I asked. ‘We’ll do like we always do at home,’ he said, ‘but you’ll see-school’s different.’” (21) No mature older child would ask for their older sibling to play with them. This goes to show that Scout is still very young, and is in need of attention. They must also be in elementary school because the two will be attending the same school, and they have a significant age gap.
Scout Helps the Boys
“She discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste.” (22) Scout may not be very mature yet, but she sure is intelligent. Most kids at her age can’t really read, this isn’t true for Scout. This does go to show however, that Scout does have some maturity because of all the reading that she does. Therefore, Scout has matured to some extent.
Scout Finds Thoughtfulness
“I watched him making jabbing motions for so long, I abandoned my post and went to him.” (64) Scout just took a huge leap of faith by heading towards the Radley property. She used to be so afraid of the awful thing that could happen if she stepped foot on that property. Now, that fear is past her. Now, she has a new sense of maturity after facing one of her greatest fears of all time.
“‘What’d you see?’ ‘Nothing. Curtains. There’s a little teeny light off somewhere, though.’” (70) Scout has come even further by helping the boys (Jem and Dill) at the Radley’s place. She is basically fearless now. Scout has clearly shown a rise in maturity after following through at the Radley’s. Maybe one day she will get to see Boo Radley...
“‘You reckon we oughta write a letter to whoever’s leaving us these things?’ ‘That’d be right nice, Jem, we can thank ‘em’” (82) It was really nice and thoughtful of them to write that letter to the mystery gift-giver. Scout is now a thoughtful, and respectful young lady who isn’t afraid of anything. She is writing a letter to the Radleys, which has never been done before. Let alone, by an adult. In conclusion, Scout is a very mature young lady.
Let's write a letter to whomever left us those gifts!